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La Divina, Falafel Bar coming to downtown Buffalo in EXPO food hall

La Divina tacos, Falafel Bar Mediterranean dishes and live music are coming downtown as EXPO food hall shakes up its Main Street location.

At 617 Main St., J.J. Alfieri, Paul Tsouflidis and partners have a new mix of food and entertainment coming for the fall. To the Burmese and sushi stylings of Sun Roll, fresh fixings from Newbury Salads and coffee bar standards from Perks, they're adding two suburban standards with sizeable followings.

Falafel Bar, Oded Rauvenpoor's Israeli-centered eatery, has been making regulars for nearly two decades in locations from Elmwood Avenue to its current location at 3545 Sheridan Drive in Amherst. EXPO will host Rauvenpoor's downsized food truck menu, dubbed Falafel Guy, in the area previously occupied by Breezy Burrito.

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La Divina started serving tacos at 2896 Delaware Ave. in 2015. It's branched out to La Divina Dos, 4125 Transit Road, Clarence. Now it'll bring its al pastor and carnitas to Main Street, replacing Souvlaki Fast.

According to a Facebook post by Tsouflidis, the plan is for La Divina to open in EXPO on Oct. 14, with tacos and a self-serve salsa bar in tow. Falafel Guy should follow by Nov. 1. A winter market in EXPO is expected to run on select Saturdays, too, beginning in November.

The space on the Main Street end of the building that currently holds Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar will become a live music venue, he said. Called DB’s Downtown, it’ll specialize in live entertainment on a new stage, as well as smoked barbecued chicken wings, Alfieri said.

He's expecting to kick off the music with a three-day series of after-parties linked to the moe. appearances at Town Ballroom on Nov. 14-16.

Organizers also plan to shake up EXPO Hertel, 1488 Hertel Ave., with an Italian deli concept called Cucina Della Citta, replacing Newbury Salads at that location, Alfieri said. Panini, Italian deli sandwiches, soups and salads will be on the menu.

Expect more food concepts coming to EXPO soon, organizers said.

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